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Dec. 02 I test drove a WRX because I wanted one. Checked out the engine compartment and asked the dealer "how do you change the plugs"? He says " bring it to us!". I hate them.

I like to work on my car, from changing oil to changing the clutch and flywheel. What are some easy/ hard maintenance procedures you do to your WRXs?

I know the WRX and STI will be different because of the engine, tranny, f/r diffs, etc. But just to give me an idea. For example, spark plugs. Do you have to raise the engine to get to them?

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I don't know, but this info should be in the thick service manual you can usually buy from the manufacturer for some $$ - I can't believe the engine would need to be dropped.
 

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There will be a Chiltons type manual out for it from Subaru most likely. The easiest thing to do will be to put a pot together, have a bunch of people pitch in to buy one, and then scan in any articles people want.

It worked out really nice that way on nc.org
 

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CloNeGTS said:
It worked out really nice that way on nc.org
the North Carolina Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus has a shop manual? :)

anyway, i'm holding out for a haynes. i've had really good experiences with their manuals. regardless, your point is taken.
 

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haynes, chiltons, etc. I've used them but the info is never enough. I have both haynes and chiltons for my 240sx and cherokee. 4 books and still missing some info so I end up going to the dealer and copying some service manual pages for what ever info I need. If I get the STI I will just fork the money for the Factory Service Manual. It's expensive but I believe its worth it. Tell you every hidden nuts bolts and fasteners inthe car etc. Also correct torque specs.
 

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you're definately correct. i should have been clearer. i'd never recommended just a haynes. i had the shop manual and a haynes for my '91 se-r/nx2000. (back then, it cost only $40 for the full manual.) the two together were an awesome combination. the haynes, in many cases made steps clearer or showed alternative procedures. they complemented each other really well.
 

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4MLA1FN said:
CloNeGTS said:
It worked out really nice that way on nc.org
the North Carolina Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus has a shop manual? :)
hehe....sorry, that's our inside abbreviation for newcelica.org.

Doesn't Subaru put out service manuals for the dealers to use? I'm almost positive that's what we ended up getting from Toyota for the Celica...something around $130 for it I believe.
 

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i managed to change plugs on my 2.5L impreza its no prob at all, it looks alot tighter than it really is, so I woulndt worry about it.
 

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http://www.subaruparts.com/catalog/?section=205

egads! :eek: i hope our sti manuals don't cost *more* than the 02 wrx. this hurts.
Yup, that would be it. But, like I said, if we can get a group of 20 people to throw in $10 bucks and just scan in the pages we need, we'd be all set.
 

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CloNeGTS said:
...just scan in the pages we need....
that would be cool. burn 'em to cd and/or make the iso available to members. however, i wonder if subaru would be pissed off at us. after all, manuals are revenue. :roll:
 

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4MLA1FN said:
CloNeGTS said:
...just scan in the pages we need....
that would be cool. burn 'em to cd and/or make the iso available to members. however, i wonder if subaru would be pissed off at us. after all, manuals are revenue. :roll:
I think the best way to do something like that is for one person to buy it or perhaps several people chip in, and have one person buy it. Then that one person burns the scanned images on a cd and sends it to the couple people who chipped money in. The key here is to not have this deal associated with this site. There is no room to make money on something like this or be dumb..just simple friends helping each other out. $130 for a shop manual is no joke! :eek:
 

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Then that one person burns the scanned images...
my '91 nissan shop manual is 3" think and probably onion skin 1000pages. that's a hell of alot of work. i'm not poo-pooing the scanning idea. just trying to figure out the logistics since i'm likely to be chipping in on such an agreement. :)

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$130 for a shop manual is no joke! :eek:
oh, i'd "gladly" pay $130. the link i have above says it costs $300.
 

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Well, I just meant the important or more used stuff would initially be scanned. So removing the front end......suspension removal......turbo removal....those kind of things. And then if someone has somethine special in mind, get that scanned in too.

Just a thought.....and like I said, it worked pretty well in the past. It's not like we need the manual to know the technical way to remove the wheels!
 

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It's almost that time again!

Rob has a good point, not too mention if the manual was bought after a few chipped in then whenever someone needed the spec sheet on the brakes the "holder" of the manual could just scan and send those pages necessary.
 

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playing devils advocate:

What if your in the middle of some work (say, a brake job) and you need to verify something? It's Sunday and you need to work tomorrow. You look into your computer and $#@! it hasn't been scanned yet. You ask the person who has the book to scan it and no response!

That means the person who has the book has a huge responsibility to everyone (who pitched in or whatever). Meaning the person must be gotten a hold of at a moments notice (like being on-call).
-no vacation
-must check the computer for messages at least once a day if not more
-must be willing to carry a pager or give out their cell-phone #
-etc

I think this can only work with a small group of people who lives close to each other so they can pass the book along or pick-up the book when they need it.

Then again, Devils could be wrong
 

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xjon,
You do bring up some good points, and for a guy like me who is 6 hours ahead of the East Coast it would be tough.

It might almost be better to just have one person scan the whole thing and then save it to a CD or two. If I had a scanner I would volunteer to do this..and possibly still may. It would help if a few got together and could just pass it around..but that would limit the total number of people that would chip in to buying the thing.
 

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xjon said:
You ask the person who has the book to scan it and no response!
yeah, that could happen. but many members will have full manuals, i'll bet. i know i'll just suck it up and buy the set (good bedtime reading). once the sti is out and the group balloons to 3500 members, there should be lots of backup.
 
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